A huge HEY from South Carolina!
Debbie Lynne Costello here. And yes, people really call me Debbie Lynne. My mom is a Debi as well and so I was always called by my first and middle name to prevent confusion. I was born in Michigan. My parents owned a hardware store up in Cadillac where I worked on weekends and summers, and I went to school in a small rural town called Mesick. We always lived on a lake growing up, and I spent a lot of time outside in the woods or on the lake, and was always trying to nurse any wounded animal back to health. I was a tomboy through and through. Played with turtles, frogs, and snakes. And even spiders until one bit me! I started writing stories when I was around eight years old about animals. I loved to read the Ribsy and Henry books.
In high school, I took every class I could that had to do with writing. When I graduated from high school I went to a Christian College down in South Carolina for journalism and fell in love with the state. The school closed and I headed home and married my high school sweetheart who had joined the Air Force. We lived in Knob Noster, Missouri. I had my first child while my husband was enlisted. When he got his walking papers we moved to South Carolina and made that our home. I've lived in South Carolina three times as long as I did in Michigan and my whole adult life so this is home to me.
Joe and I always dreamed of having a farm and horses, but with four children that seemed to be a pipe dream. Because of multiple miscarriages, we had one child starting college and one starting kindergarten! We basically had two families. I stayed home and sewed their clothes, sewed for other people, made crafts and did craft shows, and ran a paper route while they were sleeping. I raised and showed shelties to help put them in Christian School.
We homeschooled the youngest two from 4th an 6th grade to 11th and 12th grade. It was during those later years, when the boys didn't really need my help that much, but needed me in the room to keep them motivated, that I began to read a lot. At dinner I'd tell my husband what I did and didn't like about the book and what I would have done differently. One day he said to me, "Why don't you write a book?" I thought about it for a couple weeks and then one day sat down and started to write. Four months later I finished my 110,000 page manuscript, Sword of Forgiveness. But then came the hard stuff, learning all the things I did wrong! I loved the medieval period and ended up getting 2 contracts for novellas which are part of the Winds of Change Series.
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By 2013 the kids either had started careers or were still in college and we finally were able to purchase our farm land where we put our 2 Arabians and 2 Tennessee Walking Horses. In 2015 my husband was diagnosed with Mantle Cell, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. That delayed building our new house since we do the building ourselves. The outcome for Mantle Cell is pretty grim. But God in His amazing way worked things out for us and Joe went in a clinical trial with the top Mantle Cell Doctor in the WORLD! (If you'd like to read about our journey you can find it here) The catch was we had to move to Houston, Texas for 6 months so we could be close to MD Anderson Hospital. During that time in Houston I put out another book, Shattered Memories, a 19th century, set in my favorite place, Charleston, South Carolina. It is set in 1886 during an earthquake that devastated the Charleston area. A tremendous amount of research went into Shattered Memories and I used many eye-witness accounts.
We are now in our new home, although we still have trim work to do, a fireplace to put in among other things. But now that we are 'in' I am back to work, writing, and enjoying every bit of it! My newest release, Bride by Blackmail released two days ago, September 15th, is set in 19th century Charleston, SC. I loved writing this book! It was so much fun! Duncan is a hoot and Charlotte is as headstrong as they come!
A broken heart, a controlling father, and an intrusive Scot leave Charlotte Jackson reeling. Accused of stealing an heirloom pin, she must choose between an unwanted marriage and the ruin of her family name. With the futures of her three younger sisters at stake, as well as her own reputation, Charlotte must navigate through injustice to find forgiveness and true happiness.
Eager to find the traitor that caused the death of his brother, Duncan Mackenzie comes to America and attempts to fit in with Charleston society. But when the headstrong Charlotte catches his eye, Duncan takes on a second mission—acquiring the lass's hand. After being spurned several times, he uses unconventional ways of winning her heart.
In closing, I'd like to mention that God has blessed me in friendships through this career. Some of my closest friends I would never have met if it wasn't for our love for Christian Historicals. My life is so much richer because of these beautiful ladies.
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